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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A 56-year-old Detroit Lakes woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday, Feb. 18, after a train struck her. Lynn Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. Detroit Lakes police and paramedics responded about 9 p.m. to a report of a pedestrian struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe oil train near Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 10. Upon arrival at the scene, officers and paramedics found the victim on the railroad tracks. Traffic on the rail corridor through Detroit Lakes was stopped for several hours.
GLENWOOD — Five people were injured in a head-on crash with an ambulance Saturday afternoon on Minnesota Highway 28 just west of Glenwood. The Minnesota State Patrol said a 2005 Dodge Stratus was westbound on Highway 28 when it went into the ditch, the driver apparently overcorrected and went back onto the highway into the eastbound lane, hitting the ambulance head on.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A woman is dead after being hit by a train in Detroit Lakes. At around 9 p.m. Saturday, Detroit Lakes police and paramedics responded to a report of an accident involving a pedestrian at a crossing at Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 10, which is within sight of the town’s train station and downtown. Upon arrival at the scene, officers and paramedics found the victim just west of Washington Avenue on the railroad tracks.
HALLOCK, Minn. - A party animal showed up a little early for happy hour Thursday in Hallock. An Eagles Club employee spotted a deer trying to get in the front door. The employee wanted to see if it was okay so he went in the back door. When he got to the front, the deer was trying to get through the glass. The deer wandered away after a few minutes.
WHEATON, Minn.—A Stevens County sheriff's deputy acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an Evansville man last year, a prosecutor has decided. Jay Johannes Holmgren was shot and killed Oct. 28 in Traverse County in far western Minnesota after he led officers on a 50-mile chase from Donnelly in Stevens County to Minnesota Highway 27 near Wheaton in neighboring Traverse County.
FARGO — Passenger boardings continued to tick down last month at nearly all of North Dakota's commercial airports. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission's monthly boardings report, released Thursday, Feb. 16, shows seven of the state's eight commercial airports had fewer boardings last month than they did in January 2016. The biggest percentage decrease was recorded in Dickinson, which posted a 13.6 percent decline that translated to 204 fewer boardings for the month, followed by a 12.2 percent drop in Williston.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum was asked to leave the Senate floor this week for wearing jeans. The first-term governor, elected last fall, is well-known for more casual attire than most politicians, often favoring denim over a suit and tie.
REEDER, N.D. -- Two men accused of using a meat cleaver and blowtorch to injure another man, as well as firing shots at him, in Hettinger County in far southwestern North Dakota made their initial appearances in Southwest District Court on Wednesday morning. Another man is being sought in the case.
GRAND FORKS — Casey Ryan, a Grand Forks doctor and former president of Altru Health System, will fill a vacancy on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Feb. 14, by Gov. Doug Burgum. A release from Burgum's office identifies Ryan as a past instructor, course director and assistant dean at the UND School of Medicine, as well as a member of its faculty academic council since 2015. Ryan's appointment fills a four-year term to a vacancy left by board member Kari Reichert, whose term ends in June.
DULUTH — The body of a Minnesota National Guard member reported missing this past weekend has been found. Joel Costa, a 32-year-old National Guard member from Fredenburg Township, did not report for duty Saturday morning. He was last seen in Superior, Wis., at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.